“I am excited that we have such quality educators that strive to serve our students, parents, and teachers as school leaders,” KCS Superintendent Lyle Ailshie said.
“As associate principals, these individuals will not only provide vital services in our schools, but also obtain valuable experience in educational leadership.”
The four are:
• Amy Doran, who has been named associate principal of Washington Elementary. Doran most recently served as a third-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary. Her experience includes 21 years as a teacher and literacy coach with KCS, as well as teaching in South Carolina.
She holds a bachelor of science in elementary education from Appalachian State University, a master’s degree in K-12 education from Tusculum College, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University.
• Janice Irvin, who has been named associate principal of Jefferson Elementary. Irvin has most recently served as a grades 2/3 multi-age teacher at Washington Elementary. Her experience includes seven years teaching with Kingsport City Schools at Jackson Elementary and the V.O Dobbins Center, as well as serving as an after-school program leader in Carter County Schools.
Irvin holds a B.S. in early childhood education from Milligan College, a master’s degree with administrative endorsement from ETSU and currently is pursuing her doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from ETSU.
• Christy Free, who has been named associate principal of Kennedy Elementary. Free has most recently served as a math teacher and Tennessee Common Core Coach at Robinson Middle. Her experience also includes secondary math instruction at Volunteer High School.
Free holds a B.S. in computer engineering and Mathematics from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in secondary education from Milligan College, and an Ed.S. in administration from Lincoln Memorial.
• Jim Wernke, who has been named associate principal of John Sevier Middle. He has most recently served as a classroom and mentor teacher at Adams Elementary. His experience includes five years as a teacher with KCS, as well as teaching second grade in Shekou, China.
Wernke holds a bachelor of arts degree from Lincoln Memorial, a master’s degree from Milligan College, and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from ETSU.